I have been writing a lot recently about paradigm change and the need for a new collective worldview. I have also been working on a new video about this subject. As I define a paradigm in the video, one of the words I use is “story” – the story we tell ourselves that explains why things are the way they are. While revising the script for this video the following phrase occurred to me: “The old story is worn out!”
Then it occurred to me that some colleagues of mine have a project called New Stories. They are Rick Ingrasci and Bob Stilger, based in Washington State. I went to their website – http://www.newstories.org/ – and here is what popped out to me:
Stories shape us. They shape our thoughts, our perceptions, and our responses to the world. They hold our history and guide our actions in difficult times. They define us to ourselves and each other and provide our place in the order of things.
What happens when the Old Stories, the ones we were taught to believe, no longer serve or match our experience? Or simply aren’t true? What are the New Stories, the ones that tell us the truth for these times and help us understand where we are going? What is the Larger Story of who and what we are that gives new meaning to our lives, strength to speak truth to power, and courage to ride the waves of change with style and grace, love and humility, gratitude and praise?
Over time, Old Stories fall away…
…and New Stories are revealed
Earth is flat and you can fall off the edge…
…Earth is a sphere revolving around the sun
The universe is a static clock winding down…
…The universe is alive and continuing to evolve as we are
We are flawed, fallen beings who must be redeemed…
…We are the flowering of the Divine becoming conscious of itself
Evolution is a competition for survival of the fittest…
…Evolution happens through cooperation and collaboration
Earth is an infinite storehouse for our consumption…
…Earth is a finite living system that calls for our reverence
New Stories arise at the frontier of change. We are in an extraordinary time of change. Come, join the adventure of discovering the New Stories emerging around us, illuminating paths into a thriving world. Together we’ll learn the essentials of navigating change and live the New Story into being.
Thank you New Stories!!
[NOTE: New Stories text was written by Lynnae Lumbard, co-president; reprinted with permission]